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Tuesday, 9 October 1956

Mr CAIRNS (YARRA, VICTORIA) - Will not the Minister for External Affairs agree that the attitude of the Government towards the Suez Canal dispute is that it is alone a conflict between the Egyptian Government and perhaps that of the Soviet on the one hand and the governments of Great Britain, France and the United States on the other? Further, is there any evidence that in part it is really a conflict between the British and French oil and shipping interests on the one hand and the American oil and shipping interests on the other? If that is so, does the attempt at nationalization of the Persian oil industry between 1951 and 1954 provide any guidance about what might be done in the case of the Suez Canal?

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